|Publication number||US4896845 A|
|Application number||US 07/228,974|
|Publication date||Jan 30, 1990|
|Filing date||Aug 5, 1988|
|Priority date||Aug 5, 1988|
|Also published as||DE3826703A1|
|Publication number||07228974, 228974, US 4896845 A, US 4896845A, US-A-4896845, US4896845 A, US4896845A|
|Inventors||Claudio Peretti, Guglielmo Rebuffatti|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (17), Classifications (10), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to air carrying equipment for ballistic munitions.
2. The Prior Art
The use is known of ballistic munitions transported by carrier aircraft to be released on pre-established targets. It is also known that such munitions, whether they are intended to be used for purposes of war or for transporting various supplies, generally belong to two basic classes: the first (stand-off) includes munitions originally equipped with motor elements and carrying elements which allow the carrier aircraft to release them at a pre-established distance with respect to the target which the munition automatically reaches; the other relates to munitions that originally are prefabricated without said motor element and carrying elements.
Even if the equipment in practice is completed by a plurality of elements, such as: a motor, preferably a rocket motor, a wind-operated electric generator intended to supply electric power both to the on-board unit located in the cradle and to the rocket motor for the ascent, and a hydraulic unit and programmable electronic means, such elements are outside the object of this invention which is defined by the sole carrying or delivery equipment applicable to munitions.
The main object of the present invention is to provide air carrying means for sustaining flight, that can be rapidly applied to munitions that originally do not have them.
Another object of the invention is to achieve carrying means that can be rapidly applied and/or removed in regard to munitions that do not have them, without altering the structure of the munitions.
The objects set forth above can be attained by use of the equipment in question which consists of two complementary parts: a saddle and a cradle. The saddle, consisting of a substantially cylindrical sector, is mounted straddling the munition, provided with a pair of opposite wings, hinged close to the longitudinal edges of the cylindrical sector. The wings are closed and adjacent to the sides of the unit during flight of the carrier, and open by reaction of compressed elastic means, when the munition is released. Means limiting the dihedral opening angle are provided. The cradle, which can be coupled to the saddle, is mounted underneath the body of the munition and is locked there by rapidly removable means.
The invention is described below with reference to the accompanying diagrammatic drawings that represent a preferred embodiment of the equipment, in which:
FIG. 1 is an exploded axonometric view of the unit;
FIG. 2 is a view in cross section made along a median vertical plane of FIG. 1.
In the drawings, A indicates in broken lines a prefabricated munition supply container or body, provided with fixed tail units. Saddle 3 is mounted straddling body A, and is provided with a pair of opposite wings 4, hinged at 5 with respect to the longitudinal edges of saddle 3. 4a indicates angled longitudinal projections, integral with wings 4 that intervene against the surface of the shell of saddle 3 when wings 4 open and act to limit the dihedral opening angle of the wings. A cradle 6 is provided and carries fuel tanks 7, 7a.
During air transport of munition A, wings 4 are closed against the reaction of compressed elastic means, such as cylindrical springs located in correspondence with the hinges, and adhere to the sides of the unit, as shown in solid lines in FIG. 2. When the carrier aircraft releases body A, together with the equipment, the reaction of said elastic means causes opening of small wings 4 which assume the carrying position represented by solid lines in FIG. 1 and broken lines in FIG. 2.
The means for mutual coupling 11 between saddle 3 and cradle 6 are schematically represented in FIG. 1 since they are of any known type that can be rapidly activated and rapidly removed such as: slip hooks; spring snaps; juxtaposed flanges, carried by the facing edges both of the saddle and cradle, with seats for bolts, or other coupling means, provided they are able to withstand the stresses generated by transport and autonomous flight of the munition.
The cradle 6 is equipped at its front end with a torpedo nose 9, 9a with an air intake 10, and on the rear with a suitable propulsion element such as a rocket engine 8.
The present invention relate to equipment comprising substantially a pair of bivalve elements, provided with hinged wings, able to be applied, in a removable way, to the bodies of munitions. In general, the invention comprises any other variant and/or improvements that can be derive from the requirements of practical application.
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|U.S. Classification||244/3.1, D12/345, 102/384, 244/120|
|International Classification||F42B15/00, F42B10/16|
|Cooperative Classification||F42B10/16, F42B15/00|
|European Classification||F42B15/00, F42B10/16|
|Nov 17, 1988||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: A.R.I.S.S.P.A., ATRADA CASCINA BERTOLA, 10, LOMBAR
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNORS:PERETTI, CLAUDIO;REBUFFATTI, GUGLIELMO;REEL/FRAME:004969/0926
Effective date: 19880929
Owner name: A.R.I.S.S.P.A., ITALY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:PERETTI, CLAUDIO;REBUFFATTI, GUGLIELMO;REEL/FRAME:004969/0926
Effective date: 19880929
|Jan 30, 1994||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Apr 12, 1994||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 19930130